“It is a sturdy constructive in direction of the closing of Lincoln Hills,” stated Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Inexperienced, who serves as co-chairperson of the finances committee. “Right this moment’s motion may be very constructive. It is a step in the precise route.”
The Mendota Juvenile Remedy Heart is presently a Kind 1 correctional facility that gives psychiatric analysis and remedy for male juveniles transferred from the youth correctional system. The power presently has 29 beds for males, and none for females.
Increasing the Mendota facility might assist scale back the variety of juveniles despatched to Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake.
“This would be the first time in Wisconsin’s historical past that now we have a facility like that that can be capable to assist ladies and younger ladies,” stated Sen. Mary Felzkowski, R-Irma, a finances committee member. “I believe that investing on this now is not going to solely save the state taxpayers cash, which is essential, however extra vital and the last word aim of that is to present our youth, some who’ve had probably the most horrific begins of their lives, it is going to give them an opportunity and a possibility to return again and hopefully have a cheerful, wholesome and productive life as they transfer ahead.”
In approving the request from the Division of Well being Providers to increase the power, lawmakers are making use of borrowing already outlined within the final state finances. Republican lawmakers and Gov. Tony Evers’ already accredited about $44 million in borrowing for the venture, and Evers, via a veto, was capable of shift $15 million in borrowing approved for an additional psychological well being facility in northern Wisconsin that Republicans wished to Mendota as an alternative. Nonetheless, extra shall be wanted within the state finances.